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Vera Tembo speaks against illegal charcoal burning, forest encroachment

Rural News Vera Tembo speaks against illegal charcoal burning, forest encroachment

The Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources has expressed grave concern over the continued encroachment in Forestry Reserves.

Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources Deputy Minister, in charge of Environment, Vera Tembo says if the practice is not checked, water catchment areas would be devastated.

Ms. Tembo was speaking yesterday after a tour of Forest Reserve N0.69 in Kafue where it was discovered that there is unauthorized construction of residential houses in the Forest Reserve and charcoal burning is going on unabated.

The Deputy Minister and Forestry officials confiscated charcoal from those producing it without licenses.

Ms. Tembo warned against illegal charcoal production and called upon local authorities to work with the Forestry department in ensuring that no one settled in the forest reserve.

She said the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources will soon be devising measures to make communities play a role in policing forest reserves in the country in order to control illegal charcoal burning and encroachment.
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27 COMMENTS

  1. Finally, Ms D. Minister Vera Tembo (Chiluba?) has spoken out. It would have been nice if her voice can be heard also in Parliament. As for “The Deputy Minister and Forestry officials confiscated charcoal from those producing it without licenses“, it is impressive that her job description now includes confistication of property.

    The funny part is that it appears like overstepping in duties of one is slowly becoming the order of the day under the MMD GRZ.

    On “… Vera Tembo says if the practice is not checked, water catchment areas would be devastated“, how is this going to happen?

    Have a blessed day all.
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    1 Peter 5 + KJV Bible
    8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

  2. It should not just end at charcoal burning. Land use change even in the form of agriculture can be harmful to the environment. That is why you should weigh your push for jatropha growing because not only is it uncertain in terms of profits but it has huge socio-economic issues ranging from competition for land for food crops thence food security, environmental issues around it as it would rely on fertilisers which would add oxides of nitrogen and apart from that we are yet to have a say on what type of vehicles would take the biodiesel thereof since we do not know for whom the biofuel is; I mean are flexi-tech yet let alone we struggle even to make wheelburrows.

  3. On: “Ms. Tembo was speaking yesterday after a tour of Forest Reserve N0.69 in Kafue where it was discovered that there is unauthorized construction of residential houses in the Forest Reserve and charcoal burning is going on unabated”. It is really sad to see that it had to take her visit to discover this. Where were the workers– forest officials, all this time? Let her visit more forest reserves to see more.

  4. Just that voice is enough, now tell us, is it true that Bingu Wa Mutharika of Malawi is doing Vera Chiluba Tembo?

  5. #9. Why are you still mentioning Chiluba in her name. I think the ring she was spotted of is from Mutharika.

  6. Nkani Mumazulo, its official my man, they do it in Chipata and Lilongwe, but mostly its in Lilongwe. I have seen her there in on several occassions. BTW i am a small cross border trader, i do my small business between chipata and Lilongwe.

  7. chorus:
    Where do broken hearts go
    Can they find their way home
    Back to the open arms
    Of a love that’s waiting there
    And if somebody loves you
    Won’t they always love you
    I look in your eyes
    And I know that you still care, for me
    – Whitney Houston

  8. Ba LT you see now!!! people have nothing to talk about hence the Lyrics…

    Bring proper stories ala.

  9. If pipo are encoaching on Forest Reserves in Kafue then there is much pressure why cant GRZ degazette it. Charcoal burning will be on the increase as a result of Zesco electricity hikes. Its survival for those who are involved.

  10. Vela and your folest lenjazi, hope you donated gas stoves or solar panels to those poor citizens you confiscated those pamela bags of charcoal from. learn to address the root causes to a problem imwe vibanthu vamu MMD, talema naimwe! Enjoying eh madam Vela – you even wish Archy was around eh? anyway good to hear from you after such a long time, mu parliament also you are vely quiet madam, wassup?

  11. No minister understands anything about their ministries. Not even Banda understands anything about his Cabinet. All he understands is Chiluba

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